25 Restaurant Copycat Recipes and CopyKat Cookbook Giveaway

If you’ve ever wished you could recreate Cinnabon Cinnamon Rolls, Girl Scout Thin Mints, Auntie Anne’s Pretzels, or Starbucks Cranberry Bliss Bars, I have a collection of recipes that will help.

Rather than being dependent on going to mall for my fix, waiting for seasonally-available treats to come along, or over-paying for storebought, I came up with at-home, copycat versions of the real thing.

Restaurant Copycat & Knockoff Recipes - Recipes for Your Favorites at avericooks.com

Included are 25 of my Favorite Copycat and Restaurant Knock-Off Recipes, and some fun DIY recipes, like making vanilla extract or peanut butter, which save money and taste far better than storebought.

1. Overnight Buttermilk Soft and Fluffy Cinnamon Rolls – My ode to Cinnabons, and I prefer these to the real thing

Overnight Buttermilk Soft and Fluffy Cinnamon Rolls averiecooks.com

2. Baked Vanilla Donuts with Vanilla Glaze – The baked version of a Krispy Kreme

Baked Vanilla Donuts with Vanilla Glaze - The baked version of a Krispy Kreme averiecooks.com

3. Ritz Cracker-Stuffed Peanut Butter Cups (No-Bake, Vegan) – I like adding crackers for added crunch along with salty-and-sweet, or try this recipe for classic Peanut Butter Cups (No-Bake, Vegan, GF)

Ritz Cracker Stuffed Peanut Butter Cups (No-Bake, Vegan) averiecooks.com

4. Peanut Chewy Payday Bars

Peanut Chewy Payday Bars averiecooks.com

5. Cranberry Bliss Bars – Starbucks Copycat Recipe and the reader feedback on these has been extremely positive

Cranberry Bliss Bars {Starbucks Copycat Recipe} averiecooks.com

6. Old-Fashioned Butter Mints (no-bake, gluten-free)

Old-Fashioned Butter Mints (no-bake, gluten-free) averiecooks.com

7. Homemade Little Debbie Star Crunch (no-bake)

Homemade Little Debbie Star Crunch (no-bake) averiecooks.com

8. Soft Buttery One Hour Pretzels (vegan) – Faster and easier than going to the mall for Auntie Anne’s or Wetzels Pretzels

Soft Buttery One Hour Pretzels (vegan) - Auntie Anne's Copycat Recipe averiecooks.com

9. Outback Steakhouse Wheat Bread (vegan) – Copycat Recipe for the soft, brown bread many steakhouses like Longhorn and Outback serve. I don’t eat steak but I do love this bread

Outback Steakhouse Wheat Bread (vegan) - Copycat Recipe averiecooks.com

10. Little Debbie Cosmic Brownies – My favorite homemade brownies, ever

11. Twinkies

Homemade Twinkies averiecooks.com

12. Butterfinger Bars (No Bake, Vegan & GF options) – Make in less than 5 minutes in the microwave

Butterfinger Bars (No Bake, Vegan & GF options) - Make in less than 5 minutes in the microwave averiecooks.com

13. Homemade Baileys Irish Cream – Make in the blender in 1 minute

Homemade Baileys Irish Cream - Make in 1 minute averiecooks.com

14. Homemade Cinnamon-Sugar Graham Crackers

Homemade Cinnamon Sugar Graham Crackers averiecooks.com

15. Samoas Bars (Vegan & GF options) – The flavors of the Girl Scout classic cookies combined in easy-to-make bars rather than fussy, layered, multi-step cookies

Samoas Bars (Vegan & GF options) averiecooks.com


16. Homemade Vanilla Extract (vegan, GF) – A truly work-free recipe. Just wait it out

Homemade Vanilla Extract (vegan, GF) averiecooks.com

17. Homemade Ginger Ale (vegan, GF)

Homemade Ginger Ale (vegan, GF) averiecooks.com

18. 10-Minute Homemade Hot Fudge (GF)

10-Minute Homemade Hot Fudge averiecooks.com

19. Homemade Peanut Butter (vegan, GF) – Make in minutes in your food processor. Once you try homemade, you’ll never want storebought

Homemade Peanut Butter in 10 Minutes (Vegan Option, GF) averiecooks.com

20. Homemade Cookie Butter (vegan, GF) – Very similar to Trader Joe’s Cookie Butter or Biscoff spread

Homemade Cookie Butter (vegan, GF) averiecooks.com

21. Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Granola Bars (no-bake, vegan, GF) – Better than Quaker Chewy Granola Bars and ready in minutes

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Granola Bars (No-Bake, Vegan, GF) averiecooks.com

22. Hot Pepper Jelly (vegan, GF) – Like Trader Joe’s Hot Pepper Jelly, which is sometimes only seasonally available

Hot Pepper Jelly (vegan, GF) averiecook.com

23. Pumpkin Spice Latte (vegan, GF) – Starbucks Copycat Recipe

Pumpkin Spice Latte (vegan, GF) - Starbucks Copycat Recipe averiecooks.com

24. Thin Mints (vegan, no-bake) – Make in minutes and they’re a dead-ringer for the original

Thin Mints (vegan, no-bake) - Make in minutes and they're a dead-ringer for the original averiecooks.com

25. Orange Push-Up Smoothie (GF, can be kept vegan) – Tastes like an Orange Push-Up, in smoothie form

Orange Push-Up Smoothie (GF, can be kept vegan) - Tastes like an Orange Push-Up, in smoothie form averiecooks.com

CopyKat.com’s Dining Out at Home Cookbook: Recipes for the Most Delicious Dishes from America’s Most Popular Restaurants by Stephanie Manly is packed with the most popular recipes from CopyKat.com

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This book offers over 200 unauthorized restaurant re-creations that have been tested and re-tested by people just like you. Each delicious dish is guaranteed to taste like the restaurant original so you can:

•Save money while enjoying all your favorite restaurant dishes

•Mix and match items from different restaurants to create the perfect meal

•Satisfy kids with their fast food favorites while making a fancier dinner for the adults

•Modify original re-creations to make them healthier while maintaining the delicious taste

•Find the ideal recipe for any occasion with the book’s quick reference icons, impress-your-guest dishes, quick-and-easy treats, meat-lover fare and vegetarian options

There are recipes for all your favorite entreés, appetizers, soups, salads, desserts and more from Americas best restaurants, including:

•Boston Market®
•Cracker Barrel Old Country Store®
•Jack in the Box®
•Joe’s Crab Shack®
•Mrs. Fields®
•Olive Garden®
•Outback Steakhouse®
•Red Lobster®
•Taco Bell®
•T.G.I. Friday’s®
•The Cheesecake Factory®

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And for any peanut butter lovers, my cookbook, Peanut Butter Comfort, was released last week. Thank you for your support!

134 Responses to “25 Restaurant Copycat Recipes and CopyKat Cookbook Giveaway”

  1. Wendy — June 15, 2013 at 7:35 pm (#

    Tuna Tartar pizza!!


  2. Jeanine — June 15, 2013 at 7:38 pm (#

    I’d love to create a vegan version of sweet corn tamale cakes from the Cheesecake Factory.


  3. Carol — June 15, 2013 at 7:57 pm (#

    I have been eyeing recipes for those Starbucks Cranberry Bliss Bars for years! I have never had one and I am not big on Starbucks, but I must make these soon! Thanks for all of the great recipes!


  4. Kim Porter — June 15, 2013 at 8:14 pm (#

    I’d love to create fried chicken and waffles!


  5. Gianna — June 15, 2013 at 8:23 pm (#

    Whiskey glazed meatloaf!


  6. CJ — June 15, 2013 at 9:18 pm (#

    I can not make good fried chicken for the life of me so I would love to clone or copy cat some Popeye’s fried chicken.


  7. Claire — June 15, 2013 at 10:30 pm (#

    Peanut butter!


  8. Anie — June 15, 2013 at 11:43 pm (#

    Chick-fil-A grilled chicken sandwich – how do they get it so tender???


  9. Colleen Gorman — June 16, 2013 at 2:15 am (#

    Butterfinger bars….yum!


  10. Fran — June 16, 2013 at 2:41 am (#

    A cheesecake from Cheesecake Factory


  11. Hannah — June 16, 2013 at 6:39 am (#

    Chester Fried Chicken Tenders


  12. Skylar S — June 16, 2013 at 6:40 am (#

    I’d love to recreate Pad Woonsen from Mama Thai’s in Oak Park, IL.


  13. Nessa — June 16, 2013 at 7:29 am (#

    Cake batter frozen yogurt from Sweet Frog. Yum!


  14. Lili — June 16, 2013 at 7:47 am (#

    I would love to make Chili’s salsa at home!


  15. Ashley — June 16, 2013 at 10:11 am (#

    Cracker Barrel hashbrown casserole


  16. Cassie — June 16, 2013 at 1:13 pm (#

    Texas Roadhouse rolls and butter!


  17. Dana — June 16, 2013 at 4:40 pm (#

    I would love to be able to make Golden Oreos at home. I’ve looked for a recipe online, but haven’t found anything that looks quite right so far…


  18. monica — June 16, 2013 at 7:53 pm (#

    I’d love to make hostess choc cupcakes or ding dongs, we miss those


  19. nicoel — June 17, 2013 at 5:19 am (#

    macaronia grills chicken pasta bake


  20. Amanda — June 17, 2013 at 7:31 am (#

    Pretty much anything from the Cheesecake Factory – YUM


  21. Marie — June 17, 2013 at 8:23 am (#

    I’d love to be able to make the 5-Cheese Manicotti that Olive Garden used to have on the menu! So sad they replaced it. There was so much cheesy goodness! :)


  22. Jennifer K — June 17, 2013 at 8:36 am (#

    I always wanted to figure out how Candle 79 makes their seitan


  23. Christy Cummins — June 17, 2013 at 9:48 am (#

    Cheddar Bay Biscuits from Red Lobster!


  24. Candice — June 17, 2013 at 10:45 am (#

    CPK’s Kung Pao Chicken Spaghetti


  25. PW — June 17, 2013 at 11:26 am (#

    Salted Caramel Cake Pops from Starbucks pretty please!


  26. Christine P — June 17, 2013 at 2:38 pm (#

    California Pizza Kitchen has a new Korean BBQ Pizza that (I think) is out of this world!! Could not find a copycat anywhere online!


  27. Barb — June 17, 2013 at 8:38 pm (#

    papa johns garlic parmesan breadsticks


  28. Nutmeg Nanny — June 26, 2013 at 7:37 pm (#

    I love making copycats of my favorite take out foods! This is perfect :)


  29. Linda — June 29, 2013 at 4:05 pm (#

    I will make these, because my Meyer Lemon tree is full…


  30. Denise Phillips — July 20, 2015 at 3:08 am (#

    Looking for the recipe for Chester’s chicken peanut butter cookies


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